French Studies Major (B.A.)

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This major gives students a variety of perspectives not only on French and Francophone literature but also on a variety of other issues pertaining to the Francophone world. A major in French studies prepares graduates to negotiate successfully the economic reality of an increasingly international job market, and provides them with a wide range of career prospects after they leave the University. Check out our alumni stories here.

The major consists of 44 credits in French courses numbered 631 or above and of cross-listed courses in other departments, including the following requirements:

FREN 631Advanced French Conversation and Composition I4
FREN 632Advanced French: Listening and Speaking4
FREN 651Readings in French Literature4
FREN 652Readings in French Literature4
Select one of the following:4
Topics in French Civilization
Topics in Francophone Culture
France in the European Union
FREN 790Advanced Language and Style4
Select two 700-level courses in French or Francophone literature8
Select at least three elective courses (12 credits) closely related to French and Francophone cultural studies 112
Total Credits44

These are to be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser from among the following departments: history, geography, or anthropology, one 600- to 700-level course; art history or music, one 600- to 700-level course; economics, political science, or education, one 600- to 700-level course.

Coursework for the French studies major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester in their major program and to spend at least one semester abroad in a French-speaking country. The UNH-managed study abroad program in Dijon is highly recommended. It offers both year- and semester-long programs. Other options are available, but non-UNH programs must be chosen in close consultation with a major adviser and the UNH Center for International Education. Students in majors with inflexible curricula who wish to complete a second major in French studies should consult with a French adviser about alternate means of satisfying the study abroad requirement.

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 credits on the Durham campus. Of these 12 credits, one course must be FREN 790 Advanced Language and Style and at least one 700-level course in French/Francophone literature.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing FREN 790 Advanced Language and Style.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. However, majors may use the required study abroad experience to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.